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The Professional and Personal Benefits of Taking a Mental Sorbet

Updated: May 29, 2022

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Staying on top of work agendas is satisfying, but studies suggest that stepping away from that to-do list that’s the length of a Russian novel has critical personal and professional benefits.

In 2020 our personal spaces have morphed into offices. Bedrooms have become boardrooms. Dining rooms have become communal co-working spaces. “Forty-five percent of U.S. employees say they are burnt out,” according to New Eagle Hill Consulting research. Work has invaded the home, and it’s stressing us out.

To combat the tornado of personal and professional stress ripping through your anxiety threshold, put on your Out of Office for a few hours. Shutting down the laptop and switching off the work phone could help reduce stress. And don’t worry about missing anything, or falling behind. “Brain imaging studies show that doing nothing, being idle, daydreaming, and relaxing create alpha waves in the brain that are key to creative insights and innovative breakthroughs,” reports Berkeley University’s Greater Good.

We may occasionally feel guilty for taking a lunch longer than the sandwich lasts, but it’s imperative for both our personal well-being and the accuracy of our work that we do. Here are a few benefits to stepping away from the desk.

Higher work quality

When you’re burned out, so is your work ethic. Hours may be spent staring at a blinking cursor on an Excel spreadsheet instead of curating riveting reports. Instead of staring into the abyss of percentages, do something invigorating. The APA writes that “working adults reported that following time off, they were more productive (58 percent) and their work quality was better (55 percent).” Slip away to attend a virtual concert in your living room. You’ll return to work ready to rock.

Reduced stress